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PC196 RAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF 1943 Pattern Escape Boots with a twist! - This pair was recently purchased in Normandy and show how the 1943 pattern flying boot can be transformed as the designer Major Clayton Hutton of MI9 intended. The leg section has been carefully cut away leaving in place of an obvious pair of aircrew flying boots a 5 eyelet cap Oxford shoe that would not have been out of place in Oxford Street or in the then German occupied Avenue des Champs-Élysées thus giving the downed airman a much better chance of avoiding capture.Clearly we can only speculate on the provenance of this pair but lets hope the owner managed to link up with La Résistance Française and he was able to make a home run leaving only his footwear behind in Normandy! The shoes show signs of wear and interestingly the original leather soles have been repaired with rubber that have hand cut grooves cut into them to give better grip. This could indicate post war civilian use under new ownership! The interior still features the lambs wool lining that would have extended up the original leg to keep the airman warm in flight. It seems the escape knife having performed its intended role was then discarded and is now sadly missing. In line with all 1943 pattern boots no size is marked but we would estimate these to be around a UK size 10-11 ( 45-46).Few collectors would mutilate an original set of escape boots but here you have the chance to display this set in the ‘escape mode’ perhaps alongside an 'as issued' pair. The shoe fillers are for display purposes only and are not included in the sale .
PC195 RAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Dinghy Seat Pack Type A Mark 3* - stores reference 27C/2445 and designed to carry the single-man fighter pilot Type K dinghy which was carried folded within the pack attached to the seat type parachute in place of the usual Sorbo rubber seat cushion. Manufactured in heavy olive drab cotton canvas, broadly rectangular in shape with a separate cover attached with press-studs. These packs have internal stowage pockets to house the accessories not carried within the dinghy itself.This example benefits from being fitted with an emergency rubber water cushion for drinking purposes stamped 27C/2134 and enclosed within a purple canvas zipped cover marked V.D.The exterior of the pack carries a multi-lingual label stitched to the cover in we believe English,French, Czech and Polish.The pack is complete with lanyard and quick release connectors to attach to the '41 pattern Mae West.The whole set is in virtually mint faultless condition and would be impossible to improve upon.

5446 Original Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Click for the bigger picture SoldOriginal Oak Flooring from from RAF Bentley Priory - Removed from Bentley Priory during restorations this example has been display mounted on a shield and was presented to the original owner for his services whilst appointed the Her Majesty the Queen’s Royal Flight. The section of oak flooring , which is tongued and grooved , is mounted with a Kings Crown RAF Fighter Command plaque with the motto 'Offence Defence’. Below that is a brass plaque which confirms the provenance ‘Part of the oak flooring of Bentley Priory Headquarters Fighter Command from where Air Chief Marshall Lord Dowding directed the Battle of Britain.’ Recent fears that Bentley Priory, which was designed by 19th Century architect Sir John Soane, would be lost to the nation have been proved unfounded after a long campaign and the fine building located in Stanmore, north west London, will become a permanent memorial to Fighter Command’s crucial role in protecting Britain from Luftwaffe raids. The museum is scheduled to open in September 2013. We can only speculate who walked on this section of floor board but nice to think it came from ‘Stuffy’ Dowding’s own office and ‘listened in’ to conversations between the great man and Sir Keith Parks and others back in the dark days of 1940. The section of original flooring measures 4.5” x 3.5” ( 11 cm x 9 cm) and the shield is 7 “ x 6” ( 18 cm x 15 cm). A modest but important piece of Battle of Britain memorabilia !
5642 Royal Flying Corps Map Board Mk1 - Click for the bigger picture SoldRoyal Flying Corps Map Board Mk1 - Manufactured by The General Instrument and Engineering Co. Ltd, London.The back is also stamped with the RFC property mark of an arrow with an ‘A’ above thus confirming its early provenance. The manufacturer appears to have held a creditors meeting on 7th April 1921 so seems likely our board pre dates the meeting although we understand these continued to be used by the RAF during the 1930’s and looking at the design it clearly influenced the far more common WW11 map board stores reference 6B/137.The instrument is in excellent original condition and carries a translucent acetate sheet under which the chart would have been retained .Above is a combined protractor and parallel rule, which has a minor crack in it and the set is completed by an alternative end fitting with a different scale . This is the only Mk1 board we have been fortunate enough to purchase and like all Flying Corps instruments is both scarce and desirable. Measures 14” x14” ( 36 cm x 36 cm)

4743 Air Ministry Registry Canvas Bag - Click for the bigger picture SoldAir Ministry Registry Canvas Bag - And now for something completely different! This bag is made of the same heavy green canvas used to manufacture those desirable WW11 RAF navigators bags which are now so sort after. Both the front and back panels have heavy brass eyelets inserted and with clear stencil writing to the front panel ‘Please return quickly to Air Ministry Registry Whitehall’. We can only assume this was a document bag used in the same manner as postal services bags for transporting important Air Ministry related documents to and from overseas postings. If any visitors to the site can help with a more accurate description and original usage please drop us a line and we can add to the listing. The bag is in exceptional condition and whilst not dated we are assuming it dates to WW11 or perhaps early post war. This is the only example we have ever seen and would seem to be a scarce example of RAF memorabilia. Measures 19” x16” ( 48 cm x 40 cm)
4782 Gold Visibility Meter Mk11 - Click for the bigger picture SoldGold Visibility Meter Mk11 - This wonderful instrument was invented by Captain Ernest Gold who was was General Haig's 'weather man' in WW1. He served with the RFC , who in 1915 were the only people really interested in meteorology.He was a brilliant graduate and rose to very senior posts between the wars. His 'Gold Visibility Meter', was used for making the accurate assessment of visibility on airfields at night feasible for the first time.The device was operated by Met Office staff where there were often two visibility lights mounted at the far end of the runway . These carried very high quality incandescent bulbs of a known candle power. The Visibility Meter consisted of a graduated glass slide ranging from completely clear to completely black. Each Observer routinely calibrates them on nights of very good visibility. This is done by drawing the slide across the viewing field until the Vis Light is just extinguished. On a night of poor vis the point at which the light then extinguishes gives an indication of the opacity of the atmosphere between the observer and the Vis Light and the Met officer could recommend if conditions were good enough for flying.Our instrument comes complete in its Bakelite storage box and carries serial number 1487/43 dating it to 1943 and was manufactured by Casella of London . It is complete with rubber eye piece in good condition and the often missing extension tube for the reverse side . Transit case measures 11” x 3.5” ( 28 cm x 9 cm. )These instruments were only declared obsolete in 1966.
3903 Luftwaffe K-33 Grey Leather Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe K-33 Grey Leather Flying Helmet - this example being of similar deign to the summer version K-34 helmet we have also listed today but is the winter version, having a short pile lambs wool lining. This helmet has no label but seems to be a medium size . It has provision for a 3 point oxygen mask looks to be mid war production . Grey leather helmets do not appear on the market very often, and are reported to have often been used in conjunction with the grey leather flight suits favoured by Me 262 pilots . A near identical specification helmet to ours is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s ‘Luftwaffe v RAF Fight Clothing’ book on page 23. Another often missed pattern that could complete a gap in the more specialist Luftwaffe collection.
4739 Luftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpN101 Netzkopfhaube Flying Helmet - this classic mesh flying helmet which has become synonymous with Luftwaffe fighter pilots in WW11.This example has a manufacturers label coded hdc indicating it was made by Luftwahrtgeratewerk Hakenfelde, Berlin-Spandau.The size stamp is 58 and is a large example and would correspond to an RAF size 3 or 4 . The helmet is in nice overall condition but like many the mesh has been carefully repaired at some stage and still displays very well . This example features tan leather receiver cups and provision for the Luftwaffe three point oxygen mask and is therefore a second patter. The helmet is fully wired with receivers and throat microphones marked Ln 26779-2 and Mi 4B and also carries the short communication cord favoured by fighter pilots with a 4 point connector marked Fl 27560 . Inside is commensurate with normal service use. We have had cleaner examples but would still rate this one well above average.

2944 Luftwaffe FK-33 Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe FK-33 Flying Helmet - this was the standard WW11 unwired summer helmet for use by aircrew for primary training as well as for combat crew positions where no communication was necessary . These were also used by single engine fighter pilots early on during the Blitzkrieg in 1939/40. It is interesting by mid war virtually all crew positions required radio contact this helmet is documented in manufacture certainly until 1943 with later examples carrying the provision for attaching two and three point oxygen mask. Our example appears to be an interim version with clips for an oxygen mask and interestingly carries a crown snap fastener which is believed to be an early attachment method for a tree point mask .An identical helmet is featured in Mick Prodger’s ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’ book, bottom of page 232.Inside the cotton lining is close to perfect and judging from the overall exceptional condition and appears to have seen only very light use . A fine specimen often missing from WW11 Luftwaffe collections .A further bonus is it is a good size, possibly a 58.
6235 Nitsche & Gunther Splitterschutzbrille Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldNitsche & Gunther Splitterschutzbrille Flying Goggles - Designed by the Luftwaffe medical expert Dr Knothe to provide eye protection to aircrew and reduce the chances of injury from splinter damage caused by shrapnel.This was achieved by the curvature of the lenses. This is a late war example, introduced into service in 1944 with the frame being moulded in three sections with a hinged bridge over the nose and they look particularly good with the tinted lenses fitted which are also in great shape. The back strap is manufacturer from plain ribbed non elastic silk on each side with an elasticized section at the back between two buckles; this still retains its elasticity .While some good copies of these goggles manufactured in Czechoslovakia are available on the market we have checked these in detail and are happy to guarantee them as original . However please feel free to ask for more detailed pictures prior to purchasing to check them out yourself so don't just take our word for it! This pattern really are getting like ‘hen’s teeth’ and these are only the third set we have had here in the last 10 years. Please also check out the other Luftwaffe flying headgear we are listing today !

6247 French Air Force issue Cebe 4000 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldFrench Air Force issue Cebe 4000 Flying Goggles - An increasingly rare set of 1940 dated goggles with the frame , hinge , lenses are all being in great condition and no issues . The double elastic back strap is complete as shown and nice to see the second set which often get lost on this pattern . The clips for attaching to the frame are perfect and full working order . The original curved lenses are fitted and again great condition. The rubber is generally good but a little age wear as shown but should not cause any issues for display .The leather face pad is nice clean condition and of course helps the integrity of the rubber outer. The original issue box is a further bonus and is fully stamped with full details as well as a May 1940 date so these could well have served during the Battle of France and with the Free French during the battle of Britain. The top strap is missing from the box however .The set is completed by the instruction sheets but these are copies taken from an original. This a is only the second set of Cebe 4000 we have had in the last 10 years so to describe them as scarce is no understatement!

4725 Luftwaffe LKpW101 Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldLuftwaffe LKpW101 Flying Helmet - An excellent example of the standard Winter pattern with a leather shell and sheepskin lining. Generally in excellent issued condition with all correct snaps and buckles in place, together with provision for attaching a 3 point oxygen mask. The metal parts show minor age related rust. The helmet is fully wired with long communication cord fitted with a 4 pin jack plug marked Fl 27650 and also carries lozenge shaped throat microphones embossed Ln 26779-2. Inside the label is in place confirming the helmet was made Siemens and Gerat nos 124-436A. The label carries various other ink stamps but these are not clear. The Perspex receiver covers are still in place and not damaged like so many .The only issue with this helmet is the inner brow lining pad has been removed at some stage but this is not visible when on display . An excellent display helmet in above the average condition.

PC191 Model 295 Luftwaffe flying Goggles by O.W. Wagener & Co Rathenow - Click for the bigger picture SoldModel 295 Luftwaffe flying Goggles by O.W. Wagener & Co Rathenow - the aluminium frame confirm this example is late war production, as earlier examples featured painted brass construction . These is clearly marked O.W. confirming manufacturer . The rubber is in first class condition and we have not seen better. The classic oversized lenses are the rather sexy tinted ones which look great on display and are in close to mint condition with no fogging or other damage . The Germans only fitted first class lenses to their goggles and certainly no nasty Perspex as used in period RAF goggles .The back strap is original in olive drab elastic and still elastic and fitted with correct connectors and adjusters and is named to T.Konczy. Period Luftwaffe goggles are getting increasingly hard to find now and this set is as good as we have had here . A near identical example is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s excellent book ‘Vintage Flying Helmets’ at the bottom of page 243. If you can afford a top draw set grab these whilst you can as they won’t be here long!
PC194 R.F.C. Period Triplex A3 Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldR.F.C. Period Triplex A3 Goggles - an excellent and scarce example which were sold commercially as motoring goggles but were used extensively by Royal Flying Corps pilots in the early years of WW1. They come complete with their original leatherette carrying case that is clearly marked Motor Goggles ‘ A 3’ Model. The goggles themselves are in excellent original condition with yellow tinted lenses fitted . The aluminium lens frame is stamped Patent nos 127545 and below Registration number 667594. The cotton back strap shows some age wear but fine for display and the leather attachment points are both clearly stamped TRIPLEX XXX Registered Trade Mark. The inside of the goggle frame is lined with faux fur and again all is in good shape. An identical set is illustrated in Mick Prodger’s excellent Vintage Flying Helmets book bottom right on page 135 and described as ‘Typical early war goggles of similar design to the Triplex C-2, but without the laminated Triplex lenses.’ These would display very well in conjunction with an RFC period aviators flying helmet. These early goggles are hard to find in any condition so exceptional to find to this standard and with the original issue case.
PC193 RAF Mk V111 Flying Goggles - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF Mk V111 Flying Goggles - Stores ref. no. 22C/939. This pattern was introduced in late 1943 and continued in service until the 1970's. This example is complete with the original issue box where the stores reference number has been altered to read 22C/4466583 as well as an indent number and RW 0156 383 . The box contains the original demisting cloth and tin both dated 1942 and to complete the set it comes with a spare set of tinted lenses as issued.
The goggles are in sound issued condition with just minor paint rub to the brass frames The leather face pads are good whilst the inner side shows service use . The clear lenses fitted are in excellent shape with none of the normal fogging . The original elastic back strap carries some rust staining but is still elastic . To summarise a nice original boxed set with all the extras. These would display well with the RAF C type we have just list
PC192 RAF C type Flying Helmet - Click for the bigger picture SoldRAF C type Flying Helmet - a 2nd pattern with an internal wiring loom which was introduced into RAF service in 1944 in excellent original condition . It is clearly stamped with the military broad arrow property mark and the stores reference number 22C/879 making this a size 3 helmet at 7 1/8-7 3/8th inches. The leather is still soft and generally above average condition with just the odd rub and scuff. All the goggle and oxygen mask snaps are in place and working and the chin strap retains its elasticity . The loom is in near perfect condition with the correct wartime bell shaped jack plug and the classic ‘hangman’s loop’ has been added to shorten the cord length. Receivers are marked 10A/13466 and the rubber receiver carriers are in great shape . Inside the lining is in excellent condition with no holes or damage. The size stamping is still clear and hand written is R.W.S. which we assume to be the initials of an original owner .The name Hampton has also been added but sadly no history with this one . The velvet brow pad is again perfect. Overall an excellent example of this classic RAF WW11/early post war flying helmet. We are also listing today a set of RAF Mk V111 goggles that would display perfectly with this example.
4727 Curtiss Jenny JN4A Builders plate - Click for the bigger picture SoldCurtiss Jenny JN4A Builders plate - an incredibly rare original example marked ‘The Curtiss Aeroplane co Buffalo, N.Y. U.S.A’. The aircraft number is detailed as 5605 and the model is JN4A so we imagine it would be possible to check the airframe this plate came from . Our research indicates the Jenny first flew in 1915 and whilst 6,813 were built in total only 471 JN4A variants were produced.Interestingly on the back of the plaque someone has scratched August 15th 1917 and we speculate this might have been the date the aircraft came out of service and the plate removed from the airframe.If any visitors can add any relating history we would be happy to add to our description . The plaque was purchased privately here in England and as the Jenny served with the Royal Flying Corps with both 24 and 25 Squadrons, as well as with the RNAS, so perhaps 5605 was one of these aircraft? The plaque is chromed with the company details set in enamel .We have certainly never seen another for sale so grab this piece of aviation history whilst you can! Small but beautifully formed at 2.2" diameter (5.5 cm)
4550 German Army Coffee or Tea mug - Click for the bigger picture SoldGerman Army Coffee or Tea mug - an essential bit of German Army kit! This features on its base a Third Reich Waffenamt identifying the cup as belonging to the German Army, or Heer and is dated 1942.The manufacturer is Concordia . In good issued condition . Measures 4" high ( 10cm)

4548 Battle of Britain period Luftwaffe Mess Plate - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain period Luftwaffe Mess Plate - very crisply marked on reverse with Luftwaffe Eagle and Fl. U.V. Below it has a crest which confirms the German Military Reichwaffenamt. It is also dated 1940 so certainly would have served through the Battle of Britain. It is in good used condition and measures 9.5” (24cm)
6200 Battle of Britain RAF Pilots Bust - Click for the bigger picture SoldBattle of Britain RAF Pilots Bust - we understand these were made using 90% white Italian Carrara marble giving it an authentic look and feel.The pilot depicted is wearing the classic flight gear associated with the Battle Of Britain.He is sporting a fully wired B type helmet , MK111A goggles and a 1932 pattern Mae West over his no 1 Uniform as well as a classic silk flyers scarf . We are not sure if the bust represents a specific pilot but prefer to think he is a generic sculpture of ‘One of the Few’ . He weighs in at 2.2 Kilos so please check with us for a delivered price before ordering . Measures 8” (20 cm) No makers marks .
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